Multiple cases of ASF found in Poland

By Aidan Fortune

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African Swine Fever has been found in wild boar in Poland (stock image)
African Swine Fever has been found in wild boar in Poland (stock image)

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African Swine Fever (ASF) has been found in wild boar in Poland, heightening the risk of it moving across Europe.

The Polish Veterinary Inspectorate confirmed the cases in a series of statements over the past week.

On 14 November based on the results of research carried out at the National Veterinary Institute - National Research Institute in Puławy, the occurrence of the first case of ASF in wild boars in the Wschowa poviat, in the Lubuskie poviat, was confirmed.

Two further cases were confirmed in the counties of Wschowa and Novosol, and in the Lubuskie voivodship in the Nowosolski poviat over the following four days.

The cases were confirmed by the Polish chief veterinary officer who said the incidents were a reminder of the need to comply with the biosecurity rules by persons operating pigs in order to avoid the potential possibility of transferring the disease from the natural environment to the farm.

Biosecurity measures are carried out by the competent authorities of the Veterinary Inspection and the Voivodship Crisis Management Center (WCZK). The Secretary of State - Government Plenipotentiary for actions related to the occurrence of African Swine Fever in the territory of the Republic of Poland, Mr. Szymon Giżyński and Deputy Chief Veterinary Doctor, Mr. Mirosław Welz participates in the meeting of the WCZK crisis staff.

Further intensive searches are under way, assisted by the army. The location of the construction of a second external fence is also planned. The construction of the first fence was completed on November 18, 2019.

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